he German Shorthaired Pointer was developed by German hunters who wanted a versatile hunting dog who could retrieve on land or in water, work with birds of all kinds, and trail at night. As with so many breeds, the exact origins of this pointer are unknown, but experts believe that the German Bird Dog, Spanish Pointer, English Pointer, and local German scenthounds were all used to create an intelligent, attractive, utilitarian dog with excellent scenting abilities.

This breed stands between 21 and 26 inches tall and usually weighs between 45 and 70 pounds. He appears well-balanced, is muscular without being bulky, and gives the appearance of a fine athlete. He has a broad head with a long muzzle, dropped ears, and almond-shaped amber eyes. His tail is docked. His coat is short and tough and is solid liver, liver and white, or patched, ticked, or roan. This coat can be cared for by brushing twice weekly with a soft bristle brush or curry comb. This athletic breed is active and needs vigorous daily exercise. The German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America says, "The natural exuberance of a young Shorthair can make him difficult to live with if he is kept confined and not exercised." Although these dogs enjoy daily brisk walks, they do better with a good run. The breed is also good at many canine activities, including obedience competitions, field trials, search-and-rescue work, agility, and more.

Early training is very important for this breed—both to teach him household rules and to establish some control over a rowdy young puppy. He needs structured, firm yet fun training. Young Shorthairs can have very short attention spans. If the training is in short sessions, interspersed with some playtimes, he will be more apt to cooperate.

This breed does best with an active owner. He is good with older children; young Shorthairs may be too rowdy for small kids. He's good with other dogs. The primary health concern in this breed is hip dysplasia.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Hunter Size: 21 to 26 in tall; 45 to 70 lbs

Longevity: 12 to 14 years Exercise: Vigorous daily exercise Training: Moderate Grooming: Easy

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